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Collaborative Research: Integration of Conceptual Learning throughout the Core Chemical Engineering CurriculumAbstractThe goal of this proposed CCLI project is to create a community of learning within the disciplineof chemical engineering (ChE) focused on concept-based instruction. The project will developand promote the use of a cyber-enabled infrastructure, the AIChE Concept Warehouse, whichultimately could be used throughout the core ChE curriculum (Material and Energy Balances,Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomena, Kinetics and Reactor Design, and Materials Science).Conceptual questions, both as Concept Inventories and ConcepTests, will be available throughan interactive website maintained through the Education Division of the American Institute ofChemical Engineers (AIChE), the discipline’s major professional society. The overall objectiveis to lower the activation barrier for using conceptual instruction and assessment so that manymore chemical engineering faculty incorporate concept-based learning into their classes.This poster will present the preliminary design of the interactive AIChE Concept Warehousesoftware. An innovative approach is planned to allow conceptual questions to be developed,linked, and integrated on an item-based level. The software will allow interactive electronic use,as well as PowerPoint, Word, and pdf formats to be automatically generated so that conceptuallearning and evaluation can be incorporated into instruction in various forms: in-classConcepTests with student response (clickers, laptops, cell phones), concept inventories toevaluate student learning (or student preparation for a course), exam and homework problems. Akey element to this approach is to provide a context for conceptual learning that reflects therichly interconnected and interrelated knowledge structures of experts. The pedagogy includescross development and testing between items on a Concept Inventory and in ConcepTests.The first step in the design process is understanding user needs. The primary purpose of theconcept warehouse is as use for a curricular tool, however a secondary aspect is to provideresearchers a tool which they can use in order to perform educational research. Faculty withstrong backgrounds in ConcepTests and concept inventories were surveyed in order to compile alist of important features and to better understand the necessary ease of accessibility for thosefeatures. Relevant literature was explored to compile example questions and a list of questiontypes and forms of use. Websites and software that potential users may be familiar with weresurveyed to gather ideas for the user interface. The goal while surveying websites was tounderstand the flow of commonly used websites in order to incorporate that information into theAIChE Concept Warehouse. Once data were collected regarding the user needs an initial list offeatures and functionality was made and a draft website was constructed. The draft website wasthen used in focus group testing. Feedback from the focus group was then incorporated into therevised draft website.
Koretsky, M., & Silverstein, D. L., & Miller, R. L., & Falconer, J. L. (2011, June), Collaborative Research: Integration of Conceptual Learning throughout the Core Chemical Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17617
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